San Antonio Winery
A century-old, four-generation devotion to California winemaking that has survived Prohibition, pestilence, a world war and recessions has not only endured, but continues to thrive throughout the Golden State.
A New Hospitality Center
At San Antonio Winery, a family heritage of wine-crafting perfection and modernized techniques have joined hands to create an impressive new hospitality and winemaking operation nearby the tasting room at 2017 Wisteria Lane in Paso Robles.
“Our facility really connects the old traditions of our family with a modern future of Paso Robles as a world-class wine destination,” said vintner Anthony Riboli, whose grandmother’s name, Maddalena, graces their bottles. “The décor is very unique, and the kitchen is state-of-the-art.”
Three distinct spaces are available for gatherings and events. The 1,500-square-foot foyer and lounge with fireplace accommodates up to 80 people, the main dining room plus patio space seats 75 and the 1,000-square-foot Tower Room comfortably hosts 30 guests for weddings, conferences and other events.
The sleek, spacious and sophisticated décor also incorporates seasoned redwood paneling and vats sourced from Riboli’s repurposed barrels. Reiss Design Studio, which specializes in LEED-certificated projects, collaborated with award-winning Architecture & Light from San Francisco to create the energy-efficient design scheme. JW Design, also from San Luis Obispo, served as the project’s contractor.
Tradition Meets Sustainability
For three decades, the Riboli family has sourced winegrapes from throughout Paso Robles. Ninety percent of Riboli’s red winegrapes hail from Paso while ten percent are from Monterey County. White wines are sent to Los Angeles for finishing, while red wines are pressed and aged in Paso Robles before bottling down south.
The new 11,595-square-foot building in Paso Robles features six-inch-thick walls, an eight-inch-thick concrete slab and solar-harnessing technology throughout the entire structure, capable of producing up to 300,000 cases of wine.
“Solar provides over 85 percent of our own energy during peak. Whatever we don’t use goes directly back to the grid,” said 29-year-old Assistant Winemaker Brad Kresky. To measure the molecular dimensions of wine, Riboli employs x-ray technology that reports real-time readings of tannins and anthocyanins to control color and structure. “The 2017 harvest is producing some beautiful wines,” added Kresky.
Ten open-top fermenters are used for punch-downs of softer Pinot and Zin wines, while an array of 50 towering stainless tanks for other wines in a section dubbed “the U-boat” can be precisely monitored 24/7 at the site, from a computer, or via smartphone.
Underneath the crush pad, an in-ground auger receives grape pomace and recycles the residual material for fertilizer and animal feed. There is even an onsite water treatment plant that recycles water for non-potable uses, including landscaping and vineyard dust abatement.
“This is really a 100-year-old company with a new ‘startup’ in Paso,” noted winemaker Ben Mayo, who predicts peak capacity for the new operation within three to five years.
“Our goal is certainly to become more involved in the local community. We have been a part of the local wine industry in Paso for over 30 years, but we have certainly become much more active in the last five years with the new winery, hospitality center, and estate vineyards,” said Anthony Riboli. “Paso is a second home for me and my family!.
“I certainly love to keep my grandfather and grandmother up to date,” said Riboli. “They are 96 and 95, respectively, and they want to know what’s going on. It’s great to see such interest at their age. Overall, I love the passion of trying to continue the business for more generations. Hopefully, my daughters will continue working for the company as part of the fifth generation!”
San Antonio Winery Tasting Room
The Tasting Room, located at 2610 Buena Vista Drive, is open daily from 10am to 5pm and the Bistro is open from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy a selection of hearty and gentle reds, white wines, sweet wines, sparkling and port wines for purchase. The Bistro features appetizers, pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soup and daily specials in the covered patio or on the Fountain Patio. Call (805) 226-2600.
The Elite/Reserve Flight: Side-by-side varietals, wines by style, wines of special value/character, and tastings paired with food. Call for availability and reservations. Cost: $15/$30.
Artisan Flight: Small-production wines of select whites and savory reds. Four for $12.
Central Coast Flight: Select from award-winning reds, refreshing whites, and sweet and sparkling wines. Four for $7.
Vita Dolce Flight: Semi-sweet refreshing wines, including the Stella Rosa label. Four for $5.
San Antonio Winery Pick
The 2015 San Simeon Stormwatch from Paso Robles is a fabulous Bordeaux blend ($75). Both 2013 and 2014 vintages both received 94 points, respectively, from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
San Antonio Winery Tasting Room is located at 2610 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, just off Hwy. 46 East. For groups of eight or more, please call (805) 226-2600 for reservations.